November 17, 2012, LANGLEY, British Columbia (ISN) – The No. 1 Trinity Western women’s volleyball team continued its run of early-season success as it knocked off unranked Saskatchewan 3-0 (25-9, 25-11, 25-15) Friday at the Langley Events Centre.
The Spartans (6-1), who have now won six matches in a row, started the night with four straight points and, with that, set the tone for the rest of the evening. While the Huskies (1-6) challenged early in all three sets, each time it was TWU taking over with a dominant mid-game run that put the visitors away.
The Spartans were particularly dominant from the service line as they had 12 aces while Saskatchewan was unable to earn a single ace. Trinity Western also had a sizable edge in both attacking percentage, hitting .183 compared to Saskatchewan’s -.052, and blocking, earning nine blocks to the Huskies three.
For TWU, it was a variety pack of offensive contributors helping earn the win. Seven different players had at least two kills, led by Amy Ott (East Selkirk, Man.) and Alicia Perrin (Creston, B.C.) who each earned a match-high six kills. Perrin also added six blocks while Ott collected six digs. Setter Kelci French (Okotoks, Alta.) had 18 kills to go along with six aces, three blocks and three kills. Kristen Moncks (Standard, Alta.) led the team with 11 digs.
The Huskies were led offensively by Kayla Tycholiz, who had a team-high four kills, while setter Jina Barker had two kills, seven digs, two blocks and 11 assists.
“We needed to make sure Saskatchewan played the ball,” said Spartans coach Ryan Hofer. “We wanted to serve them tough and target certain players and we were able to do that tonight.”
In the first set, it was the Spartans opening with four straight points. But that was quickly followed by five points in row from Saskatchewan. However after that, it was all TWU. With the Spartans down 5-4, an Amber Brown (Three Hills, Alta.) kill sparked a 16-2 run that buried the Huskies. From there, TWU continued to roll towards 25 points and with Ott’s fourth kill of the opening frame, the Spartans took the set by 17 points.
In the second set, similar to the first, TWU took over early and never allowed the Huskies much of a chance. Saskatchewan stayed with the Spartans until the score was 10-8 in favour of the home side, but after that, TWU went on a 12-2 run, largely led by Perrin – who finished the set with four kills – that put the set away. Down the stretch, TWU pressed on and a Nicole Bazin kill finished the set at 25-11.
In the third and what would be final set, the Spartans, with both Sophie Carpentier (Ottawa) and Carly Hamilton (Calgary) seeing the floor for the first time in the match, continued to frustrate the Huskies. Saskatchewan took a 2-0 lead but TWU responded with a 14-3 run, capped by a Bazin block that put the set out of reach. A Huskies serving error proved ended the match as TWU earned a 10-point win.
“We believe in wanting to have a well-rounded team,” Hofer said about inserting both Carpentier and Hamilton in the third set. “We have a lot of talent that is sitting there watching and we want to make sure they have full opportunities to really contribute. I really think the depth of this team is going to be one of its strengths.”
The Spartans and Huskies will return to the court Saturday for the back half of their weekend series at 5 p.m. at the Langley Events Centre.
Game Notes: French now has 18 aces in her last three matches, averaging two aces per set over that span…TWU had had a 36-28 advantage in digs.